Nieminen advances to second round at Duesseldorf
Brazilian qualifier Andre Gham defeated Go Soeda of Japan 6-4, 6-0. Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain rallied to a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, who committed seven double-faults. Tobias Kamke downed Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-2 in an all-German match.
The tournament replaces the World Team Cup. The French Open, the year's second Grand Slam event, starts Sunday.